Coyotes surrender 4 goals in 3rd period, fall to Golden Knights

Dec 21, 2022, 11:06 PM | Updated: 11:07 pm
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates after scoring against Arizona Coyotes go...

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates after scoring against Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

(AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mark Stone scored twice in the third period to help the Vegas Golden Knights break a home dry spell and continue their domination of the Arizona Coyotes with a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.

The Knights lost six of their previous seven games at home, but improved to 11-3 all-time against Arizona in Las Vegas and 18-7 overall.

Stone scored his 13th and 14th goals — the first on a power play and the latter short-handed — as part of a four-goal third period by the Knights that followed a 1-1 tie after two. His first goal came at 8:56 on a tip-in off Alex Pietrangelo’s drive from the point to put Vegas ahead for good, 2-1.

In an effort to reverse the problems at home, the Golden Knights put left wing Michael Amadio on the first line with right wing Stone and center Chandler Stephenson. Amadio actually moved into that spot in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, sending Phil Kessel back to the third line.

It paid off as Stone was dominant all game with 11 shots, including eight on goal, as well as an assist for a three-point night. Amadio scored, and Stephenson had two assists.

Arizona’s Christian Fischer had a goal and an assist.

The Knights came out aggressive, controlling the first period and outshooting the Coyotes 13-4. Stone had two terrific chances, including one from point-blank range. The Coyotes weathered the barrage to keep the game scoreless after one period.

Vegas finally broke through at 3:28 of the second when defenseman Danil Miromanov blasted in a power-play goal. The good feelings for the Knights ended just 1:20 later, however, when Arizona defenseman Juuso Valimaki stuffed in a shot from the side of the net.


Coyotes: At home against Los Angeles on Friday.

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